Subitec GmbH, based in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, was founded in 2000 as a spin-off of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB). In the run-up to its establishment, scientists at IGB had already been dealing with the subject of microalgae since 1995. Their decisive finding was that, due to their high growth rates, microalgae are superior to land plants and are therefore likely to gain in importance for CO2 sequestration as well as for the energetic utilisation of biomass.
During the first few years, Subitec treated various algae in close cooperation with Fraunhofer IGB and further developed the Flat Panel Airlift Photobioreactor technology, for which a patent was originally applied by IGB back in 1999. In the meantime, the development of the third reactor generation has already been completed.